Review: Ruger BX-25 Factory High Capacity Magazines

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I love shooting the .22LR – low recoil, low noise, cheap and fun. The Ruger 10/22 is probably the most popular .22 ever made. I have had several and loved them all. Currently my 10/22 is set up in a more “tactical” nature – and is great fun. The biggest problem I have had is finding reliable high-capacity magazines.

If you are not familiar – the 10/22 comes with a rotary 10-rd magazine from the factory and is incredibly reliable. I have shot thousands of round through my 10/22 and a couple of factory magazines – not a single malfunction of any kind. Other aftermarket non-Ruger magazines have not been as reliable – not even close.

With this in mind I was very excited to find out Ruger has begun manufacturing their very own 25-round magazine for the 10/22. This magazine is called the BX-25.

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The magazine is built with a high-impact polymer outer shell, stainless steel feed lips, as well as stainless ordainment lugs. Of particular note is the constant force spring which allows for incredibly easy loading of all 25 rounds.

The exterior of the magazine is a little smooth for me – but not too bad. I would like to have seen a textured surface around the magazine for a more positive grip.

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So far I have shot approx 500 rounds through a total of 3 magazines. I have only experienced 1 malfunction – a failure for a round to enter the chamber. These things just flat out work. Honestly – I think that one round not working was somehow mentally created by someone I was shooting with who had BIG doubts at how well they would work (just kidding).

I have ordered several of these and will be getting some more. I have a couple more Project 10/22’s planned – and these mags will most certainly be included.

Take care all –


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  1. I have a 10/22 as well. Most reliable .22 ever made. That is a sweet reconfiguration on your rifle. May I ask how you did that to it? Nice job Rourke.

    • Ben –

      Thanks for the comment. My Ruger is outfitted with an old Ram-Line folding stock and a cheap red-dot I bought from Wal-Mart.

      Also have an extended magazine release which is a big improvement.

      It is absolutely an accurate and reliable weapon. Love it!!


  2. I personally feel that Ruger rifles are underrated; the Ruger 10/22 being one of them. Fine weapon.

    If you ever take a notion, Rourke, you might want to try the Ruger Mini-14 semi-auto carbine. I think that most, if not all, of their magazines for civilians have no more than a 5 round capacity, although you can probably find high cap magazines easily enough if you look around. I personally prefer the Mini-14 chambered in .223 (just a slight step-up from the .22). Weighing just under 7 lbs it is a remarkably lightweight, accurate, compact (37 1/4″ total length) and rugged as can be. It also has a darn fine flash suppressor, for night firing glare suppression, which can be a great thing inasmuch as maintaining your night vision.

    They are every bit as much fun to shoot as the 10/22, have a minimal recoil, and possess enough stopping power to put down most anything (especially on two legs) that may come at you.

    • RobNPhx –

      Nearly 15 years ago I had a Mini-14 along with a Choate pistol grip stock. I loved it. Back then I could not get Ruger factory hi-cap magazines ad used polymer Ram-Line magazines which were flawless.

      Got hard up for money and sold it. I have thought of doing another one.

      Hmmmmm……you got me thinking now.


  3. I think Butler Creek makes a nice high capacity mag for the 10/22. I also know that ProMag makes a very good high quality magazine for the Mini 14. You have to wonder, if a company like MagPul made a high capacity round for the Rugers…I bet they would make a fortune…of course…they would have an unfair advantage…”nyuk nyuk”

    Okay…that was bad…

    Great stuff as always.

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